Days of Advent, Quotes

Advent Meditation: Love That Sees Us …

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. — James 5:7-8 We live in… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Love That Sees Us …

Days of Advent, Interreligious, Quotes

Advent Meditation: Making Room For Everything …

We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Making Room For Everything …

Days of Advent, Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: Different Every Year …

Every year we hear the same stories. Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels, foreigners – all on different journeys and all converging in Bethlehem. These stories, carols, church services, school plays: the same every year but also different. Different because we are different every year. Every year we bring ourselves to these stories, and we’re always changing.… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Different Every Year …

Quotes, Vocations

Listen To The Longing Of Your Wild Soul …

Your life is not an unending self-improvement project and your heart is not a venture to be undertaken, mastered, and completed. Perhaps today was never going to be the day when you figured it all out, got all your questions answered, or resolved the contradictions. It's just too wild for all that. Just too creative.… Continue reading Listen To The Longing Of Your Wild Soul …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 17: Listen Carefully And Attentively To The Questions …

What is going on in your innermost being is worthy of your whole love ... — Rainer Maria Rilke from Letters to a Young Poet By slowly converting our loneliness into a deep solitude, we create that precious space where we can discover the voice telling us about our inner necessity—that is, our vocation. Unless… Continue reading Desert Day 17: Listen Carefully And Attentively To The Questions …

Poems, Quotes

All-Surrounding Grace …

As swimmers dare to lie face to the sky and water bears them, as hawks rest upon air and air sustains them, so would I learn to attain freefall, and float into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace, knowing no effort earns that all-surrounding grace. — Denise Levertov from Prayers for Healing The Poet Dreams of the Mountain… Continue reading All-Surrounding Grace …

Days of Advent, Prayers, Seasons

Advent Day 06: You Keep Us Waiting, Looking, Loving …

If you trust in Nature, in what is simple in Nature, in the small Things that hardly anyone sees and that can so suddenly become huge, immeasurable; if you have this love for what is humble and try very simply, as someone who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will… Continue reading Advent Day 06: You Keep Us Waiting, Looking, Loving …

Media, Poems

Five Essential Questions In Life …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW0NguMGIbE Late Fragment And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. — Raymond Carver from A New Path to the Waterfall The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the… Continue reading Five Essential Questions In Life …

Quotes, Seasons

Questions That Have No Right to Go Away (New Year’s Meditation) …

What is giving me life? What is saving my life? What does it mean to be human? — Barbara Brown Taylor (adapted from Super Soul Sunday Conversation with Oprah Winfrey, Season 5, Episode 522 | Aired on 11/09/14) This Is Your Life I was in Europe leading a retreat in a lush vineyard on an Italian hillside. Each… Continue reading Questions That Have No Right to Go Away (New Year’s Meditation) …